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're there live with new information. >>> plus, clinton honors mandela. the former president shares very personal stories about his friend and his hero. he says the south african leader's advice helped him get through one of his darkest hours. stand by for my one-on-one interview. >>> plus, breaking news. a snow and ice emergency. a deadly winter storm is causing havoc on the roads and in the skies across america. we're tracking the danger as the deep freeze moves east and a new storm develops out west. >>> and a big jump in jobs. does president obama deserve credit for improving the u.s. economy after a surprisingly strong employment report? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a ten-day mourning period is under way for one of the most influential leaders of our time. we're learning more about the final tributes to nelson mandela. stand by for that, and for my special conversation with the former president, bill clinton. he reveals a time when he and the south african president didn't see eye-to-eye but first, the breaking news we're following. >>> a brutal winter storm turns de
, laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton all left washington from andrews air force base on "air force one." president clinton and jimmy carter will be meeting them in south africa. president obama will be speaking at tomorrow's memorial service. nbc's ron allen live in soweto. ron, this is a gathering of the great, families, people of south africa all gathering. you have covered this so long. tell me about the emotions as people in south africa prepare? >>. >> reporter: it's an unbelievable atmosphere. we're across the street from the nelson mandela home, the home occupied from 1940s to 1990s. tomorrow is a day that will be unlike any other. there's more than 80 heads of state here. that will surpass the heads of state and world leaders who came to mourn and to say good-bye to pope john paul ii. largest gathering of heads of state outside of u.n. perhaps ever. we'll have to see how this day goes. and of course, there will be tens of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people, trying to get near the soccer stadium where this event will take place. it begins at 11:00
to leave office. his approval rating went up to 63%. similar for ept president clinton. despite the lewinsky scandal that played out, his approval rating never dropped below 60%. the unemployment rate never rose above 4.7%. there was a failing economy and uneven creation in 06 and 07 that kept george w. bush from recovering from the damage done to him politically by katrina and the iraq war. could the economy do for president obama and cure him from his health care ills? the director the moody's and specializing in macro economics and economic indicator. let me start with are things as rosy as they look going into 2014? >> things are looking better. they might be labeling things as rosy. they have a long way to go before it is healed. the mix of jobs is not what we like to see. a lot of jobs are being created in the industries and that's going to change in 2014. the stronger growth are falling into place. >> those conditions are what? that impact is fading and the job market is healing. the one wild card for 2014 will be conphi dechblts that's the one thing that has been the mis
: it was bill clinton with whom he would develop the closest bond. mandela, now president of south africa, visited the white house during the darkest days of the clinton presidency. he gave his friend a boost. >> our morality does not allow us to desert our friends. >> reporter: this friendship clinton treasures to this day. >> we just hit it off. i just adored him. he was always, you know, he was a true friend. >> reporter: mandela, as an ex-president, met with george w. bush in 2005. but there was no love lost there. mandela was one of bush's harshest critics when it came to iraq. when we talked to bush about the ailing mandela earlier this year, there were no hard feelings. >> he promoted freedom. he was a really great leader. he was smart and capable. and made his mark. >> reporter: obama only met mandela once. ever so briefly as a junior senator. but his connection may be the most profound. it was mandela, he says, who awakened him to the wider world. inspiring him to political activism. >> he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by their hopes, not by their fears.
the audience that will include three former u.s. presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter as well as many other dignitaries and celebrities. george and laura bush are aboard air force one with the obamas right now. so is the former secretary of state hillary clinton, the current attorney general of the united states, eric holder, the national security advisor to the president, susan rice, among many, many others. let's bring in our chief national correspondent, john king, who has covered a lot of these kinds of trips. we have been on many of these major trips. can it get awkward from time to time? you have -- there will be four american presidents, current president, three former presidents, in south africa with their wives at the same time. >> number one, a major security challenge for the united states secret service and their international allies as they cooperate on this. i just spoke to a couple sources, they say they are very confident. can it get awkward. you mentioned the current president of the united states and raul castro. i was at the mandela inauguration wher
were called the most heartless people of all time. we passed it over two bill clinton wes to. he signed at any time third time. most everybody said that it was a great success. even people for children's defense fund said the most heinous things about us. that's one side of the argument. the other side of the argument is that and this is -- something i'm debating between myself so please some acting so shocked and stunned. there are real policy -- >> i'm trying to understand. >> i just explained the first part to you. people like you said we were hateful human beings back in 1996. >> for the record i was in favor of that and we did it before bill clinton. >> the second part really quickly is, second part is this is a recession unlike most recessions, and i can tell you when my father was unemployed in the recession in the early 1970s and getting $40 a week for mississippi for unemployment benefits and got one bag of groceries and fill up one tank of gas, if somebody had told us over that year and a half and my danielle adams was driving around the southeast with all of us trying to find
, there are rumours that dig gnat ris would be present. chief among them, former president bill clinton. >> nelson mandela's prays for castro and others outraged some. african-americans led a boycott called the quiet riot. >> at the time many people in the african american community were so disgusted they said they were ashamed of their city. a total of six leaders rebuffed nelson mandela during the freedom tour in the united states in 1990. we would have loved to have spoken to the leaders 20 years later. they didn't speak to us. we spoke to a prominent african american leader and the man who put an end to the nonsense in his city. he told me that that year, the city of miami gave the keys of the city to robo cop, but refused to gave the keys to the city to a man who become one of the most transformant figures in history. >> when i became mayor the whole thing seemed - that they removed to issue a proclamation which they gave to the corner bartender if he opened a new store. >> but six mayors and the governor denounced him after he thanked castro, yasser arafat, and libyan president muammar gadda
. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter. and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral on sunday. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner. today will be quiet. on tuesday, the gatheri ining l the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell. >> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan on a recent visit to south africa. she's here to tell us about it. >> reporter: 17 grandkids and three wives. everyone vying for his time and affection. there is one thing that he did from his prison cell that still brings his family comfort. set free after 27 years in prison -- >> his first steps into a new south africa. >> reporter: -- but some of his grandchildr
jimmy carter and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. wednesday through friday, he will lie in state in the nation's legislative capital. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet. on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. >>> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan in a rare interview in south africa and she's here to tell us about it. good morning, reena. >> reporter: good morning to you, bianna. that's right. 17 grandkids and 3 wives. everyone vying f
. it will rival the funeral for winston churchill. in addition, president obama, george w. bush, president clinton and president carter will be there. raul castro will be there. will mandela's message of forgiveness resonate? and a time crunch of epic proportions, will the venue be safe? first on the security front. joy worked -- joe worked on sec for pope john paul's funeral. what could go wrong? but a lot could go wrong. >> yeah, south africa's not entirely a safe place. you have a large somali community there, with connections to shabaab. monitoring these will not be easy. you have the problem of a lot of weapons coming through africa, central african republic, libya and the rest of it. so there is the potential danger to secure all these people. >> the u.s. delegation a small part of the crowd. how much control can the u.s. secret service have, realistically? >> well, it's entirely up to the host government. the south african government has hosted u.s. presidential visits in the past. they do a good job. but, again, it's a very difficult situation. you have 100 heads of state means you have 10
hamid karzai. brazilian president rouseff. preside president hollande, president barack obama, clinton and bush. >> nelson mandela passed away late thursday. this sunday has been national day of prayer where you've seen sights like this all over the country as south africans pay thanks and bid farewell. the government has also confirmed today that at least 59 dignitaries from around the world are confirmed to be here during these ten days of mourning. they include u.s. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton, and jimmy carter. queen elizabeth ii will be represented by her son, prince charles. french president holland e will be here also. a logistical challenge ahead for the government. what does the week ahead look like? on tuesday we will see our first formal memorial service for the late president at fnb stadium. it seats 95,000 but the government in an effort to allow as many people as possible to take part in festivities, if can you call it that, will have 90 screens around the country, broadcasting what will take place on tuesday. wednesday through thursday, nelson m
with former secretary of state hillary clinton and former president george w. bush and his wife laura. president bill clinton and jimmy carter traveling separately to the service. two lawmakers part of a delegation heading to the country, 22 house democrats as well as illinois republican and texas senator ted cruz. the memorial is expected to draw a who's who of leaders, david cameron, prince charles, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela. we've just achieved the official program for tomorrow. the service begins here around 11:00 a.m., which is 4:00 a.m. in the united states. they are expecting 80,000 people to jam the football stadium an
of state hillary clinton. they'll be joined in south africa by bill clinton and former president jimmy carter and mrs. carter. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is standing by. brianna, what do we know about the president's itinerary and his specific role in the memorial service? >> well, wolf, he will be among six foreign dignitaries who will be giving remarks during what is really an extensive program to take place in south africa honor agmandela. he is on this historic flight to what we're expecting will be the largest gathering of world leaders in their history. we're told by a white house official this is not something he had worked on until he was i guess instructed or invited by the south african government to make these remark at the memorial service. but there's also another sort of historic element to this trip, this flight that president obama is on right now. imagine this, sitting around the conference table of the private conference room on board air force one, the obamas as well as formser president george w. bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary
will be presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. comprising one of the most prestigious frequent flyer clubs in the world. today, air force one departed for south africa, where more than 90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to att
the clinton administration when we heard a lot from the dlc about third way. and president clinton himself used the phrase, "the third way." and the idea was, in a boom time when we didn't have such high unemployment, you could make this argument that somehow the interests of the very, very rich were the same as the interests of main street. that's an argument that just does not fly with the occupy generation. and i found this wall street journal editorial hilarious in some ways. because there's no way that you can credibly make the case to general xors and millennials they should be more concerned about the national debt than personal debt, particularly student loan debt which was exploded to $1.3 trillion today. people, young people today, know that their concern is not the tax rate that they're going to pay as they get older. their concern is getting a job at all. and getting some relief from what wall street has engineered. this incredibly unfair debt burden. and it's no accident that the board of third way is comprised of wall street bankers and that the policies they are pushing are
president, ronald reagan, bill clinton, george w. bush they all have national agendas. clinton the new democrat agenda, george w. bush, compassionate conservative. think what does the nation need. i think republican governors it's scott walker running for election, they will need to pivot say this is my national agenda not just, i was a good governor in this particular state. >> again, some people forgotten the last republican nominee was a former governor. >> dickerson: let motown iran. you are very critical of the administration, a core objective of u.s. policy they say, but your alternative is war. that you're advocating is a march to war with iran. >> administration itself used to say that all options are on the table, what does that mean except the threat of military force. the administration wants to say military force is out of the question, then they are going to make the deal they just made. if administration is serious about possibility that we really need to stop the nuclear program allow them to continue enrichment, have the ken trifinals and iraq plan that's not serious a
george w. bush and bill clinton. >> joining us from johannesburg we know about the president, former president, tell us who will be at tuesday's memorial and sunday's state funeral. >> reporter: well, we know at least 90,000 south africans will cram into that saoccer stadium tuesday to honor nelson mandela. joining them, in addition to the u.s. presidents, will be a number of heads of states. the reason i can't give you the exact number is the south africans don't know yet due to sensitivities around traditional beliefs about not talking about this. the embassy was really only given details about the events yesterday. david cameron, the zimbabwean president will be, israelis will be here, too. it's going to be like the united nations in that football stadium on tuesday. beyond that the actual funeral will take place under a large tent in the middle of the hills, an amphitheater of natural beauty, a very remote rural area where nelson mandela grew up. there will be a huge tent, about 4,000 people will attend that. mostly friends, close family and political figures in south africa with
w. bush and bill clinton and former sexting tear of state hillary clinton. >> wurcht things that sometimes gets lost in the incredible personal impact he made on the world because of the way he handled his imprisonment and conducted himself later is that he was a very, very good president. >> mandela died on thursday at the age of 95. his body will lie in state. president obama's phoned mandela's widow. san francisco will hold its own memorial for mandela wednesday at 8:00 a.m. it will be in the city hall rotunda. former mayor willie brown has been asked to organize the service. . >>> let's head over to rosemary orozco. we have the oakland holiday children's parade today. hoping for some good weather for that. >> it will be dry. bring the winter coat. you will need it again. behind this system cold air spilling into the bay area, could be breezy for some of us into the afternoon. it will be a chilly one. we'll struggle in the upper 40s the sun is shining it's makes its way up. another, i don't know, minute or two until the fish sunrise. we might be right up on it. we're cl
president clinton, former president carter. who will their role be as u.s. presidents at these events? >> i think just to be there, to pay tribute, to give the sense of moment it deserves, international recognition that it deserves. i think for all of them at different levels. president bush who i covered didnavdela but no doubt respected him. bill clinton, of course, very close. and president obama in a unique way, encouraged to go see him when he's still a senator. mandela encouraged to meet with this up-and-coming star in politics. and for our president to be so moved by mandela, to really have his own place in the civil rights struggle against apartheid i think makes it very meaningful. his presence will be significant. >> when it comes to president obama's presence on the international stage, we know he's talking about this potential for comprehensive agreement with iran yesterday. he said it's 50/50 or, frankly, it could be worse. his approval numbers very low here. when it comes to the international stage, how is his capital right now? >> i don't think it's exceedingly high. i think
will travel to south africa next week to pay their respects. president bill clinton, hillary clinton, president george w. bush, and laura bush will also be in attendance. washington d.c. will honor mandela as well with a week of tributes, including candlelight vigils at the south african embassy and the memorial service to at the washington national cathedral. that next wednesday. a deep freeze gripping much of the united states tonight. a deadly storm with arctic air packing a snelling and i see plunged hitting states from the south to the great lakes. the national weather service issuing winter storm and ice warnings for parts of texas, oklahoma, arkansas, mississippi, missouri, illinois, and indiana. in arkansas the state's governor declared a statewide emergency to make it easier for crews to repair damage to downed trees and power lines. in missouri, forecasters are warning of up to 8 inches of snow, that will fall later denied. the bad weather turning deadly in texas. at least two people were killed in car accidents as a result of the storm. about a quarter of a million people
. imagine if a fox host had resigned after making outrageous comments about hillary clinton would it have been in the b section >> no. it would be on the front page. when you go after a conservative woman that's not the same outrage. we can't live in a society where there's only certain, you know, words or people if you go after that's crossed the lined and unacceptable. i want people to be judged on their show and whether or not it's a good show. we all make mistakes. we're all going to make makes. >> i'm with that. you make mistakes and i said last week you say you're sorry, and that's great. but in this case, rick, i can't help but think that it affected the show and it would affect his performance going forward. >> his show was bad all along. he's been saying terrible things all along. >> going back to five years ago when march shin bashir was suspended at abc to going an asian-american journalist comments and making comments on how they dressed.e ultimate que question here is this going to affect the tone of other people at msnbc and elsewhere in a cable culture that i would say enco
today, it's not affordable. >> remember hillary clinton had a plan. it was called hillary plan. was that antiwomen. remember when reagan's economic plan came forward, including david stockman was upset about it. they called it reagonomics. what about nick -- nixonan. it is reflective of the person who put their plan forward. >> was hillary care sexist? i think when obamacare was being used and a number supported it the connotation was positive. now that you have an administration with an anemic approval rating, those that are in support of the president and obamacare are sidestepping or back stepping away from the term because the connotation is no longer positive. >> if you use the term obamacare, according to her, it sounds like she's saying you're a racist. >> hop on facebook, i know you probably missed the show, and tell me if you think she's right on the money or not. >> your kids toys could contain toxic chemicals? and it's totally legal. what you need to know. >> senator ron johnson is here today. he says stop calling the president's health care law obamacare. the reason
seen president obama as an up start, a beginner. he famously backed hillary clinton. and then of course when he was elected, brought na office. charlie rangel thought he would have access to the white house as chairman of the house ways and means committee. he didn't get access. >> and who did? >> al sharpton. that's who they went with for their community outreach. they went with al sharpton over charlie rangel. charlie rangel has been pretty honest about the failures of obama care. the real difference is style. charlie rangel likes other people. he is a warm person. spend an afternoon with charlie rangel. he exsuds an affection for other human beings. that is wholly absent from president obama. name five people close to him? they don't exist. you can name 500 for charlie rangel. >> remember the picture of him on the beach in the dominican republic. he evaded taxes on the cottage. the president didn't take to his side and also you remember the $30,000 plate funt raising event that went on in harlem, which is the district of charlie rangel. he wasn't invited. >> but you can have a conver
movement. president obama long with president bush and president clinton will be traveling to south africa to honor nelson mandela. he will be buried on sunday, december 15th. >>> here at home, the reverend williams tells us about mandela's legacy. >> i woventure to say that he may be one of the most important world leaders, if not the one as the leader of human concern and freedom and liberation which he desperately espoused and made happen in his life time and our lifetime. >> the reverend williams says he will always remember nelson mandela for his courage and conviction. >> and we had that cold front that passed through the bay area. pretty much south of east of us, we will take a look at the cold temperatures that will continue in the bay area and when we can expect the warmup. omg, jack. have you ever checked out these new product ideas people post on your page? they're kind of amaze. ...ing. yeah - that's where i got the ideas for my new- fajita ranch melt. seasoned chicken with a gooey blend of pepper jack cheese, roasted peppers and onions, on toasted sourdough for just $3.99. is
to arrive in johannesburg early tomorrow morning. joining them will be former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, david cameron and ban ki-moon among scores of other dignitaries. errol barnett in johannesburg for us. tomorrow is taking place in soccer city during the world cup, a huge stadium, 90,000 plus seats. given the interest and the crowds behind you now, will that be big enough to accommodate everybody? >> reporter: in a word, john, no, and that's why the government has facilitated three, count them three overthrow stadiums for people who want to attend tuesday's memorial service, plus they will be broadcasting the ceremony via livestream to 90 big screens set up all over the country. john, i'm not sure how many university football games you've been to but what's happening around me now you could compare to a battle of the bonds. over my right shoulder a south african group, over my left a nigerian group who has come here and outside nelson mandela's home where he passed away late thursday evening to add to the euphoria and celebrations here, paying respects to a man wh
and former president george w. bush. bill clinton and jimmy carter. nasty winter weather continuing to pound the east coast, snow, ice and freezing rain responsible for some 3200 flight cancellations yesterday. another 1300 today according to flight aware. dumping snow from west virginia as far east to new jersey. three new inductees into the baseball hall of fame today. major league managers joe torre, tony larissa and bobby cox elected to enter the hall in cooperstown, new york. the three managers winning eight world series championships. induction ceremonies will be held july 27. those are your headlines, now back to lori and adam. lori: we are continuing with our wish list theories with a sweet treat for you today. the co-owner of edwards chocolatier. bring them look at during this holiday season. welcome to you. do you do your highest volume of sales this time of year? >> yes, that is right. many do their biggest volume this time of year, december everybody is out there willing to go the extra mile and picked up the product. i really want to give it at the holiday party. lori: will they
, you've got some explaining to do. so he's trying to break it down. he talks about bill clinton as explainer in chief. and bill clinton is great. but barack obama has got mad skills, because he clients that baptist preacher-like, slow cadence, where he can get the humor in there. and preachers will say god will slow walk you. and then he's got the peyton manning -- sorry for these analogies. peyton manning throws the ball before the receiver turns the ball to where it should be so he can receive it when it gets there. so what obama is hoping is that i'm going to put out there now. because a year from now, people aren't going to remember the roll-out stuff. it's going to be like thank god i went to the doctor and it wasn't the emergency ward and guess what? now i've got my diabetes under control, my chemotherapy here, my viagra. there will be millions of men who will rise to the occasion and say we are grateful for what he has done. >> i just caught that. the thing is, zerlina, i think it's actually true, as funny as that was -- and i'm glad you made that appointment, the website
of millions at a meeting at the white house. of course, there is that infamous picture of bill clinton with mandela in 1998 when clinton went to visit mandela and mandela showed the president the jail cell where he spent 17 years under incarceration by the government. it was a total of 20 years in prison. in 2002 president george w. bush awarded mandela with a presidential medal of freedom and president obama met with mandela once back when he was a senator in 2005. so right now as we await for the president to speak about the passing of nelson mandela. >> i know it will be some heartfelt remarks from the president because when you think about it, it's this nation's first african american president offering sentiments about south africa's first black president, clearly tied together by their roles in history and connected a number of times in person, the obama family connecting with mandela's family in south africa. again you're looking right now outside of nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where people have gathered to remember, to reflect upon the life of the man they call madev
. >> president clinton who was in the white house when mandel was elected president of south africa. the two developed a close personal relationship. bill clinton says, quote, all of us are living in a better world because of the life that madiba lived. he proved that there is freedom in forgiving that a big heart is better than a closed mind and that life's real victories must be shared. >> jimmy carter also saying the following. to think of their parents and grandparents the different world they are seeing. we will have more coverage of nelson mandela's legacy still to come on "early start." >>> we are following the vast majority of the united states dealing with the effects of a deep freeze, including major travel headaches. more than 500 flights have been precanceled. so bad they are canceling them before they are supposed to take off! they have been canceled around the country because of the bitter weather. >> getting around by car not easier. icy conditions call that seven vehicle wreck along interstate 540 in northern arkansas. four people tenth so the hospital and we are told their i
presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton, former president carter as well as the head of the u.n. and many others. this will be a massive issue for the government to make this next week a run smoothly. also you've got the millions of south africans who want to take part in bidding nelson mandela a fairwell and tuesday, you'll see the formal memorial service and you will remember this from the world cup in soccer city. they will have three overflow stadiums. the transportation industry has announced that 41 trains will will be allowing people to transport to these stadiums for free on tuesday and there will be some 90 big screen monitors all over the country allowing people to watch that service. that precedes the lying in state of nelson mandela, wednesday, thursday and friday and his body will go in a procession to the capital building in pretoria each morning publicizing the route allowing as many as south africans as possible to take part in that and all of that, fred, precedes the final funeral on saturday in qunu, the ancestral region where nelson mandela is from. there will be a trad
. the image of bill clinton at robben island, what an amazing treat to see that up close. >> you've got world leaders going there, including he was very critical of george w. bush over the iraq war and bush is heading down there. he was critical of the united states way back in 2003. i think he said if there's a krntd has committed unspeakable an frosties, it is the united states. this is a man who spoke from the heart and people respected him for na. >> can too i along time for the u.s. to divest in investments in south africa. the funeral for nelson mandela will be one of the biggest funerals the world has ever seen. officials preparing to welcome more than 91 current, former heads of state for this memorial. and president obama en route along with former president george w. bush. rare they're on air force one together. decided to get a ride. >> hitched a ride. they're going to be joined, of course, by former presidents bill clinton who was also close to any son mandela, as you said, and jimmy carter, too. he's going for the memorial service. some other world leaders who plan to attend for
by former president george w. bush, his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. meanwhile, for families in newtown, some powerful public statements ahead of a painful anniversary. we will listen to their message in a few minutes. >>> also, signs of real steps towards recovery on friday. unemployment fell to its lowest rate since november 2008. white house officials say congress can build on these gains. and that brings us to our top story. president pushing congress to finish the deal on the budget. yes, the season for wheeling and dealing, and not just bargain hunting at the mal. washington lawmakers face their first test since house republicans backed off the government shutdown. that deal, of course, created a new economic deadline, a congressional budget by this friday. so both houses of congress looking to strike their first agreement since 2011. the last two years haven't seen much consensus. the "washington post" is reporting the new deal may provide a cease fire. under one approach, the white house would push off demands for deficit cutting. the presiden
nixon, ronald reagan, bill clinton -- you look at their calendar and you can see what's important to them. even if you don't know anything about what was going on at that time, look at that calendar and you'll see what their priorities are. in the case of president obama, if you look at his calendar, there is no evidence whatsoever that is focused or has much interest in health care at all. >> they say that -- they went on to say they have a list of all their meetings. 277 private meetings with 16 other cabinet members. 277 with 16 other cabinetmakers -- cabinetmakers, they pretty much make their own cabinets in the white house. so that just shows a lack of focus, a lack of interest. it remind me of the fact that i remember when james woolsey was the director of the c.i.a. with bill clinton. he didn't have much interest in surveillance, intelligence and international affairs when he got started. it all changes and people used to say james woolsey never gets to see the president. it does play into a narrative we're beginning to see. it's beginning to show the president, even though
. president obama, george w. bush and clinton will travel to south africa for memorial services. >> we go to our correspondent at the soweto church where services wrapped up. what is significant about this church? these are some of the church members in the church listening to the service. this building was a lot of things to many people. up therefore on the painting on the wall is the painting of a great activist. we have nelson mandela, and archbishop desmond tutu. during apartheid students running from the police used to come in and hide. there were occasions that police would come in and shoot them, and several have died in this building. it's an emotional time, an historical place. it shows how far the country has come. >> you mentioned people cowering in the church. what are religious leaders saying today about madeba's passing. >> the message is simple. it was think about the good things and learn from him. one thing was be a good person. the police were saying for example, share a meal with a friend. sit, chat, talk about nelson mandela, talk about the moments that you loved abou
, laura, and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be attending the memorial but they are traveling separately. the only living president not going to the mandela funeral is george h.w. bush. he's 89 and is no longer able to travel long distances. >>> in south africa people are still gathering outside of nelson mandela's house in johannesburg. this is video shot earlier this morning. tomorrow, a public memorial service will be held in a soccer stadium that seats 95,000 people. then nelson mandela's body will lie in state in a government building in pretoria from wednesday through friday and then on sunday, nelson mandela will be buried in the remote village that he grew up in. >>> 7:16. today, south africa's parliament held a special session honoring nelson mandela. ♪ >>> yesterday, the south african government called for a day of remembrance. people gathered in churches, mosques and synagogues to pay their respects to the man many consider the father of their country. ♪ >> and here in the bay area, mandela was honored i
carter and till until about 1992 when clinton came along. he brought energy, ideas, and a positive outlook. he told us not to stop thinking about tomorrow. it took democrats three elections to get their groove back. 12 years of painful losses and being out in the wilderness. for them to get past internal differences and find a candidate they could unite behind. i am hoping it takes just two losses. with that positive note, i would like to open it up to questions. [indiscernible] >> hi. one criticism i have been hearing about why you are seeing so many candidates who can't reach across the aisle, who can't appeal outside of their own demographics is because of gerrymandering. you have these ultrasafe carzily drawn districts. you do not need to be more inclusive candidate to win. do you agree with that? do you think the republican party should get behind initiatives to have more nonpartisan districts? >> yes, i agree with that. i think gerrymandering has a lot to do with where we are right now. that is not just a problem for republicans. it is a problem for democrats. it has just bec
spots the world. he was very close to president bill clinton. frankly, he could not stand the policies of president george w. bush, which he saw as imperialistic. that was a bit of a public- relations problem for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the kind of change towards a multiracial society that he saw in south africa as well. it was not just south africa that nelson mandela was revolutionary. it was his moral stature around the world and the way that he used it that made a difference. was tremendous respect from leaders around the world for nelson mandela. next year. are coming ines from presidents of this country. george w. bush, "we join the people of south africa and around the world and celebrity the life of nelson mandela. he was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he left the world with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example," that from president george w. bush a short time ago. jonathan karl, certainly president obama made aware of the news, the loss this afternoon. have we heard anything yet from the
as will former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. then mandela will lie in state for three days at the capitol in pretoria before he is laid to rest after a state funeral in his home village of qunu next sunday. alexander marquardt, abc news, johannesburg. >>> the pentagon is under fire for bypassing dozens of manufacturers and buying helicopters from russia instead. choppers are sent to afghanistan security force. pentagon officials say the russian helicopters are superior. documents show the opposite. lawmakers first expressed outrage last april. >> with all of the tens of billions of dollars we put into afghanistan, this is a tough one to justify. >> we are trying to provide them as much capability as possible so they can, in fact, take responsibility for security. >> those a.p. documents show the american-made boeing chinook helicopter was the most cost effective choice over the long haul. >>> in jacksonville, florida, a small plane crashed killing all three people on board. the cessna went down in a pond in a secluded neighborhood. the pilot radioed moments before to s
clinton came along. he brought energy, ideas and a positive outlook. he told us not to stop thinking about tomorrow. it took democrats three the elections to get their groove back. 12 years of painful losses and being out in the wilderness. for them to get past internal differences and find a candidate they could unite behind. i'm hoping it takes us eight years and just two losses. with that, with a positive note i would like to open it up to questions. >> hi. one criticism i've been hearing about why we are seeing so many candidates who can reach across the aisle or can't appeal outside on demographics because of gerrymandering. we have all these ultrasafe crazily drawn districts, and so you don't need to be a more inclusive candidate to win. do you agree with that? if so, keeping the republican party should get behind initiatives to have more nonpartisan league drawn districts, a more saner place to draw congressional districts? >> yes, i agree with that. i think gerrymandering has a lot to do with where we are right now, and that's not just a problem for republicans. it's also a problem
as a broader trend, not actually just with this president. but democrats really since clinton have adopted conservative values and conservative policies. health care being the obvious example. >> individual mandate. >> came out of the heritage institute. sprang out of hillary care in response to that. so, you know, i think that is in some ways part of the problem. what are you going to offer as your market-based solution to things like climate change when cap and trade is the market-based solution and you've already demonized that. what about when the affordable care act already is that and you have demonized it. i don't think they have anywhere to go to actually solve these problems anymore. >> yeah. i think the operative phrase there being what are you going to offer. >> exactly. >> all right. krystal ball, james peterson, thanks to both of you. >>> coming up, the latest on efforts to find a diplomatic solution with a nuclear iran. and what one congressman says is -- what one congressman says a worst-case scenario might look like. [ male announcer ] a body at rest tends to stay at rest..
w. bush and bill clinton will join president obama at a memorial for nelson mandela next week as south africa mourns its former president's death. crowds outside his johannesburg home are singing their tributes. ♪ hundreds of people of all ages and colors are leaving candles, flowers, stuffed animals and balloons at the home of the civil rights icon. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95 years old. when you talk about civil rights icons, the conversation ultimately turns to dr. martin luther king jr. well, dr. king never met nelson mandela. he did keep close tabs on the fight for equality in south africa. martin luther king iii said his constant fight for equality personified what me and my father often said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." martin luther king iii joining me now. i'm quoting your dad. this is bringing so many people of all walks to reflect ton a giant man's life and the market that he left. >> yes, it is. he personified more than anything else and taught us the power of forgiveness. love and forgiveness was the essence of nelson mand
this week. it comes after presidents barack obama, bill clinton and george w. bush have announced they will pay their respects. george h.w. bush is unable to go because of health issues. watch for live reports throughout the week as people around the world say good-bye to nelson mandela. >>> this morning, we're keeping close watch on that winter storm as it moves in. how it is forcing agencies like metro to change up their plan this is weekend. >>> another chance of snow in the seven-day forecast. we're coming back in a moment. [ male announcer ] you know what's so awesome about the internet? it gets more and more entertaining every day. and once you've got verizon fios, that's when you get it. america's fastest, most reliable internet takes your entertainment to ridiculous levels. i was streaming videos, movies, music. once i realized how fast it was, that's when i got it. [ male announcer ] and now you can get the ultimate holiday gift! get the fios triple play for just $79.99 a month online guaranteed for the first year. plus get a $300 holiday bonus with a 2-year agreement. te
. president obama, as well as former presidents bill clinton, george w. bush, all expected to attend ceremonies in south africa in the next several days. before he is buried in his rural hometown one week from tomorrow. >>> a real leader in very many ways, on many levels. >> an iconic figure. >> for sure. >>> it was 72 years ago today japan launched the surprise attack pullingth united states into world war ii. we will go to pearl harbor as we remember that fateful day. >>> may be the key to the success of obama care, but as the signup deadline nears, can president obama urge enough young healthy people to buy in? >> i do remember what it's like being 27 or 28 and aside from the occasional basketball injury, you know, most of the time i kind of felt like i had nothing to worry about. of course, that's what most people think. until they have something to worry about. so ally bank has a raise your re cd that wothat's correct.a rate. cause'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that? uh, mark? go get help! i have my reasons. look, you don't have to feel trapped with our raise yr
announced that the president and mr. obama -- and mrs. obama will be joined by presidents carter, clinton, and george w. bush honoring nelson mandela. we're going to begin with your comments and calls on a recent survey. a pew research study indicating power has declined. join in on the conversation, the lines -- you can join us on our social media, send us a tweet or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org . or join us on facebook. let's begin with a look at some of the newspapers. front page of "the washington post" has a scene from johannesburg. nelson mandela began the journey from tribal air to revolutionary icon. this from inside "the new york times," -- details from inside "the new york times." there is a new poll we want to draw your attention to. it essentially looks at the role we play in the world. here are some of the details -- support for u.s. global engagement is already nearing historic low and has fallen further. the public thinks that the nation does too much to solve world problems, and increasing percentages want the u.s. to "mind its own business internationally" and pa
service tomorrow. they'll be joined by jimmy carter, bill clinton, and george w. bush. nbc's lester holt is in soweto with more on this. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. what an emotional few days it's been. we're outside the mandela house. it's the house he came home to after his release from prison in 1990. a lot of folks will be lining up tonight for the privilege to be at the stadium and at the memorial service but like the 50 or 60 some odd world leaders coming, none of them were invited. this is going to be an event on a scale rarely seen in any country and it shows how beloved and respected nelson mandela was across this planet. this morning they are hard at work preparing johannesburg's 90,000 seat fnb stadium for tomorrow's public memorial. a potential security and logistics nightmare as scores of world leaders and luminaries ranging from heads of states to rock stars to business tycoons gather to pay their respects to nelson mandela. ♪ since news of his death broke on thursday, south africans have engaged in a virtual nonstop salute and celebratio
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